Medical admissions

If your child’s admission to hospital is planned, you will receive a letter outlining what you need to do and where you need to go on the day of admission.

If you have any questions about your child’s admission or if you have misplaced the admission information, please contact us.

The Admissions Office will ring you before your appointment date to advise the time you need to arrive.

If you would like your child to be admitted as a private patient, please arrange this before arrival so that your choice of doctor is available on the day.

What to bring

  • any medications your child is taking
  • medical equipment or disability aids
  • pyjamas (clean light weight, dressing gown and slippers)
  • toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, comb etc
  • casual and comfortable clothes and shoes for day wear
  • a favourite toy – please label it with your child’s name
  • disposable nappies if needed, wipes and disposal bags
  • schoolwork provided by your child’s school
  • if your child uses an assistive switch device at home, it may be compatible with the Patient Entertainment System (PES). Make sure to ask your nurse for a switch adaptor to get connected
  • if your child has any verbal communication difficulties, please bring in any devices or aids that will support their needs to be understood.

Please bring your GP’s business card/contact details along with your Medicare card. You will need to show our staff when you arrive at PCH so we can include their details on your child’s health record.

We will send you and your chosen GP a summary letter about your child’s hospital visit and follow-up care. If you do not want us to contact your GP, please make sure you tell our staff.

What to tell your child

A visit to hospital can be frightening for a person of any age, but especially for children. Below are some tips to help you and your child prepare before, during and after their visit to hospital.

  • Be as clear and truthful as you can. 
  • If your child is under six years of age, tell them two to three days before admission.
  • If your child is older than six years of age, tell them a week or two beforehand. This gives them enough time to process the information and ask any questions that may arise.
  • Use simple words that your child will understand.

What not to bring

  • Valuables, jewellery or large sums of money – although each bed has a safe, the hospital takes no responsibility for any lost property.
  • We respectfully request that siblings and visitors who are unwell are discouraged from visiting.

What you need to tell us


Staff caring for your child need to be aware of any allergies your child may have. These need to be documented and your child will be given a red identification band to wear. Please discuss with the staff any allergic reactions your child may have to any medications, foods or other products.

Medications and complementary alternative medications

For your child’s safety, we need to know about all the medicines they have been taking including those prescribed by a doctor, over the counter medicines, natural alternative or complementary medicines ie. vitamins, minerals, tonics, herbal and homeopathic remedies. Please bring all these with you so that you can show your doctor, nurse or ward pharmacist.

Dietary requirements

Tell us about your child’s dietary needs once he/she has been admitted. However, if your child has very special dietary needs and you would like to discuss these before admission, please ask to speak to the Nutrition and Dietetics Department.